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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mel·o·dy n.; pl. Melodies
 1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.
    Lulled with sound of sweetest melody.   --Shak.
 2. Mus. A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging for the most part within a given key, and so related together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of what is technically called a musical thought, at once pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression.
 Note:Melody consists in a succession of single tones; harmony is a consonance or agreement of tones, also a succession of consonant musical combinations or chords.
 3. The air or tune of a musical piece.
 Syn: -- See Harmony.